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From: Michael Straight <straight@email.unc.edu>
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: Dr. Talos' Pl
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 15:01:01 

[Posted from URTH, a mailing list about Gene Wolfe's New Sun and other works]

On 20 Nov 1997, Tony Ellis wrote:

> What makes us feel that the play is incomplete is that it
> invariably ends with Baldanders leaping into the audience
> and everyone still in peril on stage! But I think this is still
> part of the play, and still part of the play's curious mirroring
> of the Book of the New Sun story. Here I agree with Mantis:

Also, isn't there some mention when Severian first meets Talos and the
rest of the acting troup that ALL of Dr. Talos's plays end with Baldanders
leaping out and frightening the audience so that they will run away and,
ideally, drop some of their valuables for the troupe to scarf up? 

Perhaps Mantis's speculations about the play are more appropriately
thought of as concerning the Urthian works of literature and/or drama from
which Dr. Talos's play undoubtably descends. 


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